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HIS 122 European History II

HIS 122 European History II Course Overview

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CEA Partner Institution: Anglo-American University
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Primary Subject Area: History
Instruction in: English
Course Details: Level 100
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 42

DESCRIPTION

This course provides an overview of European History from approximately 1500 - 2000. It discusses politics, economics and the sacred in the Early Modern Period, including the Enlightenment; the French Revolution; the Industrial Revolution; the creation of national identities and states; the First World War; the inter-war period; World War II; the post-war Soviet Bloc, and Western Europe in the post-war era. Special attention is given to Central Europe.

The class emphasizes the differing belief systems that have shaped Europe and provided a unifying sense of identity. Some of these included: the supernatural ("religion"); the ideas of the "Enlightenment;" the creation of "national" identity; "race," and "communism." Much of the second half of the semester deals with the crisis years of 1914 - 1945, during which beliefs in "race" and "nationality" reached their culmination.

These belief systems occurred only in specific material contexts, so the course will also discuss the changing political and economic systems of Europe. For example, Early Modern governments were by modern standards tribal and unprofessional arrangements, but modern European states achieved a remarkable and often frightening degree of sophistication and precision. Similarly, economic power in the Early Modern Period was founded on the control of land and its resources, while in the modern age it consisted primarily in capital.

The course emphasizes change rather than continuity in European history. Group identification, borders, and the countryside/cityscape have all been changing constantly, and the Europe of 1500 was not the Europe of today. One of the many aims of this course is to describe these changes more specifically.

*Please note: In the Spring term, this course is predominantly taken by CEA students.

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